International Day of Women and Girls in Science

NE100 Team

On UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science, meet four amazing NE100 challengers who with their courage for innovation are having a global impact:

Aurora Simionescu (Romania)

Astrophysicist, she was part of a team of researchers who were able for the first time see on of the filaments of gas that connects galaxy clusters, whose existence had been deduced theoretically about ten years.

Olga Malinkiewicz (Poland)

Olga Malinkiewicz is a Polish scientist who has contributed to the development of low-temperature technology of flexible perovskite-based photovoltaic cells production. Olga’s discovery, made at the University of Valencia, has changed photovoltaics for good.

Joanna Jurek (Poland)

Joanna Jurek has come up with what great scientists have failed to produce during decades of cancer treatment research: a non-invasive method of drug delivery to tumour cells.

Kinga Panasiewicz (Poland)

Kinga Panasiewicz is the Award Winner at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. She is a second Award Winner at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Phoenix, Arizona, for her Medicine and Health Sciences project on synchronization of the hemispheres of the brain. Asteroid (29762) Panasiewicz, discovered by the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, was named in honour of this achievement.

Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science. According to a study conducted in 14 countries, the probability for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in science-related field are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18% and 6%. In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted A/70/474/Add.2 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. (Source: